Achieving zero waste will make a positive contribution to Scotland's climate change and renewable energy targets as more waste is prevented, less waste is sent to landfill, and more resources are reused, recycled and recovered. A zero waste society will also support sustainable economic development as new waste facilities mean new investment and job opportunities and as businesses become more resource efficient, costs are reduced and a competitive advantage is gained.
Scotland has made great improvements on waste in the last few years by increasing recycling rates and reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill.
However, there is still a lot more to do. See the tackling waste section for more information.